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Stoned to death,
This review is from: Bored to Death: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The excellent original series from writer Jonathan Ames returns for a second series with Jonathan (played by Jason Schwartzman) continuing his private detective work while trying (admittedly not very hard) to get his second novel published. The series opens with Jonathan now teaching an evening creative writing class to repay the advance his publisher gave him for the second novel which was rejected. Meanwhile Ray's (Zach Galifianakis) girlfriend Leah (Heather Burns) breaks up with him so he tries to win her back by putting all of his effort into his comic book "Super Ray" which doesn't win her back but makes his comic book an unexpected success. George (Ted Danson) receives some bad news in this series which he takes with his usual good humour and which subsequently changes the character's world.
"Bored to Death" gets better with this second series. Ted Danson is still the most likeable man on television and still doesn't look like he's in his early 60s and his performance as George is so charming and enjoyable to watch. He is by far the best actor in the series but Zach G and Jason Schwartzman both perform very ably as well. This series might be good for fans critical of Zach G who don't like his overly crazy comedic roles as he plays probably the most balanced character in this group and comes across as almost normal.
There are some excellent cases in this series too, involving S&M dungeons, kidnapping and ransoming, a fight between Jonathan and rival Louis Greene and some drug dealers, an attempted robbery of a café, the rescuing of an Asian transvestite, and a plan to assassinate Ray.
The charming laid back tone of the episodes is great once you get into it - even the threat of drug gangs and murder never causes the tone to dip and in fact turns into whackiness and humour. They don't play yakkity-sax but it wouldn't be out of place in some of the chase sequences.
Great fun to watch, by the end of the series you'll be wishing for more. Once you get into the groove of the way the episodes work in this strange nether world of New York where kidnappers quote Oscar Wilde and fatal news is met with sex, it becomes pure joy to sit back and immerse yourself in this wonderful, bonkers, and very funny series. Excellent original TV, HBO do it again! (Now bring back Deadwood for Season 4!)